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sized as it made its way to your. new questions -- to europe. new questions on how europe should react. the italian prime minister has called for major emergency talks by the end of the week. we will have more from our brussels correspondent in just a moment's time. and the chinese president is in pakistan to unveil a $45 million investment plan that the country hopes will end the energy crisis and transform it into a regional economic hub.
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also coming up for you this hour, can china's drivers be convinced to go green? we will have a report on the challenges facing electric carmakers there. and from baby fashion to bookmakers' betting an a-z on the upcoming birth of the new royal baby. that and more coming your way. first, our top stories. first, hundreds of people are feared dead in the new migrant shipwreck off the coast of libya. one survivor says there were up to 950 people on board the ship and that some of them have been locked -- have been locked below deck by smugglers taking them to italy. it could be the deadliest migrant disaster to date in a
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year already heavy with victims. the italian coast guard is still searching for bodies. >> it is our moral duty to concentrate on our responsibility as europeans to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again and again. the main issue here is to build together the common sense -- a common sense of european responsibility. there is no easy or magic solution. but there is a responsibility we have to exercise together. claire: for more on reaction from europe, let's ring in our correspondent in brussels -- let's bring in our correspondent from brussels. are we expecting anything concrete? reporter: we heard from federica mogherini that there is no magical solution to the crisis. to be frank, that is the
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situation. expect strong words and statements of support towards ending the crisis in libya. in order to have a strong ambitious approach from the 2 euro member states, you need to replace the mare nostrum. it is not there. they only looked after 30 miles. 30 miles from the italian see. -- sea. most ministers stressed the importance of addressing the problem of adding troops stabilizing the situation in libya, tackling problems involved in bringing people zero overseas, but there was no mention -- people to europe from overseas, but there was no mention of search and rescue operations.
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that's what ngos are calling for. that's what parliament and the greens and far left group are calling for. they said it was a fatal error to end mare nostrum's mission last year and that it was europe's responsibility to do more. today will be the first brainstorming session to see what the proposals of the euro member states are. claire: this is such a controversial issue. no surprise that there are more and more far right leading parties across europe. is there any way the eu would ever agree to just welcome these migrants with ever -- open arms? reporter: no. as you say yourself, you know how politically sensitive this issue is. there is the idea of -- based on the population and wealth of the country, that country would be obliged to take a number of refugees. countries like sweden and germany are taking the most
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migrants in. asylum-seekers -- 50% are coming from syria. there is a town of about 300,000 inside germany with 150 to 200 refugees arriving every day. they are being welcomed with open arms. when people go to the shopping center, they buy for the refugees. locals are providing and donating items to those people who have moved to germany. they are sent to a temporary center for four weeks before they are sent to a different part of germany. it's a nice example of how syrian refugees are being integrated. claire: thanks for that. now, the first shipment of
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french weapons and military equipment has arrived in lebanon. that's part of a saudi-funded deal worth $3 billion, meant to boost the lebanese army phosphite against militants -- lebanese army's fight against militants moving in from neighboring syria. in yemen, a missile strike on the capital has caused a massive explosion. residents said the windows on their homes were completely blown away. still no immediate word of casualties, but this is the largest explosion since the saudi campaign against the rebels began almost a month ago. reporter: the saudi-led coalition in yemen carried out dozens of airstrikes against the rebels, targeting military camps and weapons stores. a coalition spokesman said strikes were concentrated in the home province the border of saudi arabia, and the a many capital -- the yemeni capital. >> 95% to 98% of the
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capabilities of the militia have been neutralized. some short-range artillery remain in use but this won't affect our future operations. reporter: weekend clashes between government forces and rebels killed dozens of people. still, the defiant rebel leaders vowed not to surrender. >> the saudi regime has absolutely no right to interfere. this is our problem, this is our country, this is our regime. and we should determine our fate. we should choose our government. this is a private yemeni issue. reporter: he also called unfair last week you -- week's un security council resolution. airstrikes began on march 26 at his request as the houthi rebels started their advance in the south. claire: let's take a look at
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some other news stories on "france 24." finland's opposition party has declared victory in the parliamentary election. it faces tough talks on forming a government following the success of the antiestablishment party. a spanish student suspected of killing his teacher with what may have been a crossbow has been arrested. the boy, who is under 14, is now in custody. officials say he used a bladed weapon to kill the teacher at a high school in barcelona hurting four other students there. it took place in a working-class neighborhood. a brush fire has tuan through parts of southern florida -- has torn through parts of southern florida. it destroyed roughly 300 acres, threatening local businesses and homes. power to more than 200 homes was shut off as a precaution but was
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restored around midnight. now, after two weeks of xenophobia attacks in south africa -- xenophobic attacks in south africa, police have made at least 300 arrests. at least six have died in the violence, prompting a flood of immigrants to leave the country. reporter: trying to hold onto nelson mandela's vision of a united rainbow nation, faced with rising xenophobia against the countries 2 million to 5 million immigrants, many from neighboring countries, members of this german congregation came together sunday to pray. they were rocked by an anti-immigration riot that killed at least six last week. >> we are here to say the solution is not in crime and violence, but in sitting down and talking and finding viable solutions. reporter: with high crime rates some are blaming foreigners for taking their jobs.
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this congregation in so without -- in soweto also held a vigil. >> it seems like we have forgotten very quickly where we were and where we come from and how these countries, people from these countries -- these are the people who housed us, educated us, looked after us when we needed help during the apartheid years. reporter: criticized for not reacting swiftly enough, president jacob zuma condemned the attacks on saturday. bowing to end the violence, he urged -- vowing to end the violence, he urged foreigners to stay in south africa. president zuma: everybody who requested to be repatriated is repacked rated. -- is repatriated. reporter: the minister of home
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affairs said more than 300 people were arrested for acts of xenophobic violence across the country. reporter: chinese president xi jinping is in pakistan today. he is there to unveil a $45 billion investment plan that the country hopes will end a chronic energy crisis and transform it into a regional economic hub. what more can you tell us about what has been happening there so far today? reporter: the chinese president xi jinping, arrived earlier in the day. he has been meeting with the different delegations -- political delegations and different political party heads. just now, he was meeting with the president. -- the former president. he is supposed to meet other party heads. today is more of a political
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day. meeting with different political party heads. later in the day, we are being told there will be a memorandum of understanding signed for $46 billion, with the first and foremost project in the china-pakistan economic corridor to establish roads and pipelines from balochistan in the south of pakistan all the way to china. this is the main focus of the project. secondly, the energy crisis is a big issue in pakistan. some $10 million to $50 million is to go to -- $15 million is to go to energy projects. there's supposed to be a parliamentary session in which the chinese president will join in, and a special joint session
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being held for the president of china, where they will also be -- different political party heads will make speeches. claire: thank you for that report from islamabad. now, if you are a fan of the british royal family, you will know that reparations are well underway for the birth of a new royal baby -- preparations are well underway for the birth of a new royal baby. we took a look at how things are going in baby land from a-z. reporter: the birth of william and kate's second child will be proclaimed from buckingham palace and heralded with bells and gun salutes. b is for brother. he will be 21 months older than his brother. the baby will be baptized wearing a lace and satin gown,
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used since 1841. f is for fashion. the baby will be a trendsetter before it can even walk or talk. george's fashion choices, like these dungarees have flown off shelves. g is for grandparents, prince charles and his wife camilla are expected to visit the hospital along with kate's parents. h is for hospital. the baby is due to be born in the private st. mary's hospital, where a two-room suite costs 6750 pounds a night. k is for kate. the 33-year-old mother again suffered severe morning sickness during her pregnancy. m is for memorabilia. the center for retail research
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reckons the baby will -- goods will sell for millions of pounds. n is for name. for a boy, favored names are james, arthur, henry, philip and albert. q is for queen elizabeth ii, the baby will be her fifth grade grandchild and -- fifth grade grandchild -- fifth great grandchild and 17th descendent. the father could face in ancient -- anxious drive to london. they can expect many months of sleepless nights but the nannies will be on hand to ease their burdens. claire: let's take a look at the headlines. what could be the biggest migrant ship wreck ever leaves
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900 dead. this as three other migrant boats are reportedly in danger. the crisis has prompted new questions on how your should react -- how europe should react. the italian prime minister has called for emergency talks by the end of the week. the chinese president is in pakistan to unveil a $45 billion investment plan that the country hopes will and the energy crisis and transform it -- will end the energy crisis and transform it into a regional economic hub. time for the day's business news with stephen carroll. stephen: this will involve an income supplement to all workers under 25. if you are earning less than 1400 euros per month, you can get an extra payment from the government of up to 130 euros. the idea is to support those who
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are in apprenticeships or entry-level positions to keep them in work. this is almost one in four under 25 in france who are unemployed. the opposition party has called it a cynical ploy to win youth votes. let's take a look. >> this work bonus will be for all those who are doing what we call small jobs, interim employment or part-time. it's the native -- it's an added advantage, a supplemental bonus that will allow them to carry on work. genie: is there any solution in sight to that country's debt crisis? stephen: the rate of interest is a record high of over 26% increase. the greek government and international lenders still are not close to agreeing on economic reforms which would release the badly needed last 7 billion euros of greece's
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bailout loans. one imf official said they were still far from the target. eurozone finance ministers hope to have a deal by friday. you economic affairs -- e.u. economic affairs minister here moscow vinci -- minister pierre moscovici. >> we need reforms now. stephen: not much concern on the stock markets today. european markets trading up by a pretty respectable amount at this point in the trading day, despite worries from france's central bank that the loans to greece could pose a risk to the global financial system. markets have been cheered by steps taken by china's central bank overnight and by mining stocks in europe. genie: let's go to the shanghai auto show, which opens today.
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stephen: to the press. not to the public for a couple days. it's an interesting time for the chinese car market. sales growth was slow in the first few months of 2015. many carmakers will be pushing their hybrid and electric models. the market has yet to catch on in china, as our correspondent reports. reporter: this ought to be one of the hotspots of the shanghai auto show. this is the stand of china's most established electric carmaker. for years, the government has been offering all kinds of incentives to encourage people to buy these vehicles. so far, it hasn't had a huge amount of impact. electric car sales only account for about 1% of the chinese market. tesla motors, the high-end manufacturer of electric vehicles, said it would cut some of its staff in china. what is the problem?
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one of the downsides has been simply the lack of charging stations. china has only about 400 of these in the whole country. with concerns about the environment growing in current -- china, we are seeing signs of some major new players entering the chinese market. alibaba, china's biggest internet company, for example, has said it will work together with shanghai automotive's to build a new internet-connected vehicle. you will see new electric cars new hybrid cars. volkswagen has a new electric. there is a new audi hybrid. there is a lot of investment going in. the chinese government says it will promote research and development in electric vehicles. i think there is no question this sector is going to develop. as we can see for the moment, there is still quite a long way to go for the electric vehicle in china. stephen: we will have more from him later in the week. another company we are watching
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closely today is google. it will overhaul how it ranks search results. the search engines as the update will start on tuesday. it will favor sites that are meant -- mobile friendly. this coming days after the eu launched complaints against google for how it private -- prioritize its own services -- how it prioritized its own services. genie: staff in which industry complained about low pay and dreadful coworkers? stephen: this was at the new york-based options group. apparently, this has changed and been driven by cuts in bonuses and tougher regulatory scrutiny we've seen applied to banks around the world. the average earning for the people surveyed was between $500,000 and $1 million.
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genie: a bit of a midas dilemma. thank you for that look at the business. nine -- now, time for the press review. one of the stories that has gotten so much coverage today is about this migrant boat that has capsized in the mediterranean what is being described as perhaps the biggest migrant disaster ever. how is the italian press responding? reporter: it's on the front page of almost every italian paper. the headline they are going with is "drowned dreaming of europe." they are quoting renzi, who said that smugglers were just slave traders. berlusconi said we are all united. the pope called on the eu to do something about this. one of the centerleft papers in italy echoed the call and said,
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in the face of a massacre of migrants, there is a sense of impotence of the eu. this is in relation to the current operations in the mediterranean, the search and not -- rescue operation. they used to be much larger under mare nostrum. we now have a triton system, a lot less comprehensive. a right-wing paper criticizes brussels' hypocrisy. it has quite a difficult headline "sorry for the dead," quoting brussels, blaming the eu for everything. genie: i know in france there has been a lot of soul-searching about the eu'e role i -- eu's role in this. reporter: "the shipwreck of european politics."
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the eu still has no solution. the u.k.'s independent paper highlights the eu's failure. it asks the question how many more lives will be allowed to die before our leaders put shared humanity before political posturing. there is the same sense that politics is being put ahead of humanitarian concerns. genie: there's a lot of focus on what these people are running from. in many cases, it is war zones and conflicts. reporter: absolutely. that's being put into sharp relief by a new video that has emerged supposedly from the islamic state group, sharing the beheading of dozens of ethiopian christians in libya. this is "a new york -- a "new york times" article about that. essentially, outside of the home territory if you like, of syria
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and iraq, libya could be the next biggest place where i.s. exists. genie: violence has been continuing in south africa where there has been another xenophobic attack in a long line of them. reporter: and this just days after the government pledged to put an end to these attacks. we've got a shocking picture which was taken -- it is in "the south african sunday times." it shows the moment a mozambican man was stabbed to death in the outskirts of johannesburg. this happened yesterday. this is the latest in a spate of these kinds of attacks. this man was from mozambique. he was left to die. these pictures were taken by a journalist who then tried to help him and take him to hospital but, sadly, he died from his wounds. genie: there was a television
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address by french president francois hollande that open him up to more criticism. reporter: "le figaro" says hollande was speechless when he was confronted by those who have elected him and who have now crossed over to the national front on the right. he had no words, no response for them. what was quite crisp -- surprising was that the web paper was in agreement with 'le figaro. -- "le figaro." they are normally on opposite sides. they called hollande in a state of intellectual disarray. genie: a celebrity found out something about his past that he tried to hide. reporter: ben affleck appeared on one of these historical documentary shows. you find out about your past. but there was something in his
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past he would rather the public did not know about. this is "finding your roots." he found out he had a descendent who owned slaves. there were e-mails between the show's makers, the host describing his dilemma should i or should i not reveal this secret about ben affleck? you can't keep anything secret really. genie: thank you for that look at today's papers. for a closer look, you can check ouccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc
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